Racing Santander coach Hector Cuper has admitted that Barcelona, his opposition for this weekend, are the best side he’s seen in his managerial and playing career.
Barcelona have won the domestic Spanish title three years in a row now, and are currently top of the La Liga table. They boast a goal difference of plus 19, and any other side in Spain quivers at the thought of having to face the seemingly unstoppable Catalan side.
And Cuper, who has managed Valencia, Inter Milan and Parma in a coaching career spanning 18 years, believes that he has never seen a side quite like Barcelona in his lifetime.
"I have a very clear opinion about Barcelona,” he told the official Barcelona website.
“Since I’ve been in the world of football, I've never seen anything like them. They are the tops. They’re the best team in the world, far ahead of the rest.
"They have everything, they’ve broken the mould. To add something new, I’d say they are a team without equal. At times the forwards are in midfield and vice versa, and the defenders become the most dangerous forwards.
"Can anybody tell me whether [Sergio] Busquets is a defender or midfield player, whether [Lionel] Messi is a winger, striker, midfield player, or plays just behind the strikers, not to mention [Javier] Mascherano. I've always said that perfection doesn’t exist, but Barca are the closest I've ever seen."
Racing face Barcelona at Camp Nou this Saturday, and will clearly be hoping to minimise any damage that could be caused to their La Liga campaign.